5 telltale signs you’re being unfairly treated at work

If one’s ideas are not being taken seriously, remember that it takes time and patience for respect and confidence from colleagues to grow. (Rawpixel pic)

One of the nicest things about a job is the sense of camaraderie, the feeling of being part of a team – working together to achieve a goal and being able to rely on each other when things get tough.

But sometimes there is that one person who always seems to go the extra mile and more than pulls their weight, but is not being rewarded fairly.

It can be stressful for the person who is being taken advantage of at work. Just keep an eye out for these five subtle signs:

1. Doing the work of two or more people

Sometimes you’re told to do the work of two people, especially if the company is understaffed or someone resigns and leaves before a replacement is found.

Doing two people’s work can cause you to fall behind on your own tasks and it can be overwhelming and affect your personal life.

The best thing is to stay organised and keep a detailed record of progress on a daily basis to use as a tool for a promotion or a raise.

2. Spending a lot of time on work outside of the job scope

Occasionally you are given tasks or asked to assist in areas beyond your role. This can be good exposure and a good way to build relationships with other colleagues and departments.

While it is important to be a team player and help out with work that is not always relevant to your job specifications, it distracts from the main priorities and restricts your ability to grow.

The trick is to balance the demands, so you are not burdened with too much extra work that takes away from your actual job responsibilities.

Taking on more than your fair share without being rewarded is a sign you’re being taken advantage of. (Rawpixel pic)

3. Other employees getting credit for your ideas and work

Out of all the things a boss or colleagues can do, taking credit for someone else’s work or ideas is one of the worst offences.

Before taking action, make sure the steps being taken to regain credit are based on logic and facts.

Bear in mind that the boss or colleague may not even be aware they are taking away your achievements.

Arrange a private discussion, state what you have observed and ask if that was their true intention. The key here is to investigate and not make accusations.

Resigning should be the last resort and should you decide to go, it should be made clear in writing to HR why.

Be honest, emphasising that fairness and cooperation matters a lot. This makes you look more grounded and trustworthy, rather than someone who is bad mouthing others.

4. Ideas and opinions not taken seriously

Various things can lead to this problem, ranging from how you feel about yourself, how you present yourself, as well as how people look at you based on your expertise and age.

Regardless of the reasons, something must be done to change this.

How the message is delivered, in terms of choice of words, tone of voice and even body language are important.

Project confidence, have the conviction that your ideas are valuable and your boss and colleagues should know it.

Change does not occur in a moment, it takes time for recognition and respect from colleagues to grow.

5. Efforts and contributions not being rewarded

Seeking a promotion or a raise is vital for career advancement, but if time is passing, give a manager a nudge.

If the rewards are not forthcoming, despite everything you do for the company, this could be a tipping point of your career.

Ask the manager for feedback and map out a plan. Look into areas for improvement and set goals.

And if you think you deserve better in a different work environment or on a new career path, opportunities are out there if you believe the current job has no future.

This article first appeared in jobstore.com

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